Bario Highlands Trek
Bario Highlands Trek
Duration – 4 Days/3 Nights
Bario is the entry point for the Kelabit Highlands, a beautiful mountain valley situated over 1000 metres above sea level. Isolated until World War II, the Kelabit people and other communities of the highlands had little contact with the outside world. The only means of travelling to or from the coast was to walk along forest trails for seven to ten days. Today the highlands are accessed via daily Twin Otter flights.
Bario is essentially a large village with an airstrip and has some accommodation and a few coffee shops or cafes. The Kelabit live in large longhouses widely dispersed throughout the highlands. One of the biggest attractions of the Kelabit Highlands is trekking from longhouse to longhouse through the jungle and past the rice fields.
Land at Bario airport in the late morning and check in at a local lodge. After lunch, walk to Bario Asal, the oldest longhouse in the valley. Continue walking through the valley and call in at Ulong Palang longhouse. Meet and interact with the local Kelabits before returning to the lodge for your evening meal and sleep. (Lunch and Dinner included)
The Road to Bario Asal
Rice Paddy in Bario
Following breakfast, trek to Long Pa’Longan passing through the village of Pa’Ukat. You will see many pitcher plants & orchids along the trail. Fill yourself with Kelabit legends as you pass ancient Kelabit megaliths. Have lunch at the village. After lunch, explore around the village and discover an ancient Kelabit Dolmen. Dinner and overnight at a lodge in Batu Ritong (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
After breakfast, walk along the Pa Longgan River to the Pa Dabpur River. Board a longboat and start your journey down river to Pa’Umor (depending on the water level). Check in at Gem’s Lodge. After dinner, a night tour behind Gem’s lodge in search of nocturnal wild life. (Lunch and Dinner included)
Village in Bario
Breakfast at the lodge, then walk to Bario airport for your flight to Miri. (Breakfast and Lunch included)
Photograph courtesy of Phil Youdale, Forestry Sarawak, Pun Ritai, Ben van Wijnen and Sarawak Tourism